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Tegegnework Gettu

UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Acting Administrator

Tegegnework GettuTegegnework Gettu. Photo: UNDP


Mr. Tegegnework Gettu was appointed by the Secretary-General as United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 1 December 2015. 

Mr. Gettu previously served as the Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management from 10 June 2013 to 30 November 2015.

Mr. Gettu has had a long and distinguished career at UNDP, previously serving as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa from 2009 to May 2013, where he provided overall leadership in development work and shaped UNDP’s engagement and corporate strategic direction in the region.  Prior to that, he was the Chief of Staff to UNDP’s Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Executive Office from 2006 to 2009, a position in which he performed strategic functions at the core of UNDP’s global operations. 

Mr. Gettu also served as UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria from 2003 to 2006, as Acting Resident Representative in Sierra Leone and Liberia from 1997 to 1999, and also as Country Director for Southern and Eastern African countries and Indian Ocean countries in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa.  He was also the Programme Manager and Deputy Director for the Structural Adjustment Advisory Team for Africa stationed in Zimbabwe while working as Senior Economist covering eastern and southern Africa from 1989 to 1997.

Prior to joining the United Nations system, Mr. Gettu was a fellow at Columbia University, Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the University of Rochester, at Hunter College (both in New York), and lecturer at Addis Ababa University (in Ethiopia).  He has also worked in the Ethiopian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and the private sector.

Mr. Gettu holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Politics and Economics, and International Relations from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Administration from Addis Ababa University.  He also has a certificate in African Studies from Columbia University.

Mr. Gettu is married and has two children.